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Great news from DC: Republicans admit latest Trumpcare proposal is dead

The good people at Think Progress are reporting that the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare proposal is officially kaput for the time being:

“A hastily written health bill — with deep cuts to Medicaid and major hits to patient regulatory protections — ran into the same political problems as bills before it, and failed to garner enough support in the Senate.

Republicans announced Tuesday the party does not have the votes to pass their latest health care bill, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, and will forgo a vote this week. Instead they will move on to tax reform, reaching for at least one legislative win before midterm elections. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not dead, but a ‘matter of when,’ Republicans promised….

The news came after Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced Monday that she will vote against the latest ACA-repeal bill, making her the third Republican to definitively oppose the bill.

Republicans in Congress were attempting to pass the latest repeal-and-replace bill through the reconciliation process, meaning it needed only a simple majority to pass the Senate. In order to have at least 50 votes, Republicans could safely lose just two members. Prior to Collins’ announcement, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ) had already said they would vote against the bill.”

The story goes on to say that the GOP can and may try again — maybe even by combining Obamacare repeal with the tax proposal they’re planning to push in the months ahead. For now, however, the news is good for the country and, in particular, the millions aided directly by the ACA.

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